High school students from APS and area private schools were recognized in an awards ceremony for their participation in the Morehouse School of Medicine Vivien Thomas Auxiliary Research Program held at the New Schools at Carver, School of Health Sciences and Research on June 28, 2013. The four week summer academic program recruited high school students to serve as apprentices in biomedical research laboratories.
Students conducted research for four weeks under the direction of a medical school faculty member and learn the content, process, and methodology involved in inquiry science. The program culminates with students presenting their research findings to the faculty and staff at Morehouse School of Medicine. The interaction with scientific role models to learn the content, process and methodology involved in inquiry science can result in increased student motivation and positive attitudes toward learning science. The primary goal of the program is to increase the number of minority students interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences.
“It was all about science and I learned a lot of information about tecnniques that scientists use,” said Adrian Pizano, a rising 9th grader from Price Middle School who will attend the New Schools at Carver in the fall. “We did a lot of hands-on activities and labs.” “The program helped me to already know some things I will need to know when school starts.”
Sydni Gilmore, a rising 9th grader from the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy who will attend Mays High School this fall agreed, “This summer I learned a lot about what it is really like to be a scientist and all the knowledge and preparation it takes to conduct research in a laboratory. I know I am now ahead of the game.”